Welcome to Economics

The Department of Economics focuses on research and teaching excellence. Our research encompasses a broad range of topics and faculty members have published in the very best journals in Economics. Our graduate and undergraduate programs cover exciting real-world developments and equip students with contemporary analytic skills. Excellent co-op work opportunities combined with classroom learning are key to our students' outstanding record of success.


The Department of Economics acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Read More.


  1. Jan. 14, 2021Reopen Ontario's schools to save lives. Professor Mikko Packalen looks at the negative effects of closing schools.
    Child sits on bench outside schoolyard.

    Read Professor Mikko Packalen's column on school closures in the Toronto Sun.

  2. Oct. 29, 2020Hubris about testing undermines our COVID response. Professor Mikko Packalen explains.
    Test tubes for nasal swabs

     Professor Mikko Packalen outlines why we must be cautious about our expectations of testing in this op-ed for the Financial Post.

  3. Sep. 14, 2020Professor Sue Horton named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    Professor Sue Horton

    A huge congratulations to Sue Horton (cross appointed with AHS) for being named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. This is an amazing accomplishment! See the full article on the Office of Research website

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